Coast Guard suspends two cases in Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard search and rescue crews in Alaska suspended two searches for missing boaters over the weekend in Bristol Bay and Shelikof Strait.

The first search and rescue case, which took place Friday and Saturday, began when Katmai Park Service rangers located an abandoned kayak near Cape Douglas on the Katmai Peninsula. On Friday evening, rangers contacted Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders, who directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The two aircraft crews searched Friday evening.

The search resumed Saturday morning after sunrise when a Jayhawk crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island crew arrived on scene. The Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday evening, pending any further information.

The second search and rescue case began Sunday morning when Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak watchstanders received a report from good Samaritans of an overturned skiff on the Ugashik River with four people aboard. Good Samaritans on scene rescued two of the boaters. The other two people reportedly attempted to swim to shore. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk crew launched to search the area.

While the helicopter crew was en route, a good Samaritan crew located the body of one of the missing boaters, and the Coast Guard continued to search for the missing person. The Coast Guard suspended the search Sunday evening, pending any further information.

The missing person was reportedly not wearing a personal flotation device.

“Even in the warmer summer months, preparedness is vital to ensure a safe outing on Alaska’s waters,” said Paul Webb, a Coast Guard 17th District command center search and rescue mission coordinator. “File a float plan, carry reliable communications equipment, and always wear a lifejacket.”

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